Airbus has delivered to a private customer the first ACH125 helicopter in South Africa equipped with updated avionics and increased engine power ideally suited for local operating conditions.
The new features are complemented by a bespoke cabin completion and assure the highest levels of comfort and safety. The ACH125 can accommodate up to five passengers with luggage stored in three compartments.
In a passenger transport configuration, this new ACH125 is the first in the region to be delivered with a certified dual Garmin G500 TXi GDU1060 avionics suite with autopilot, enhanced Traffic Advisory, ADS-B In and Out, and radio altimeter – all reducing pilot workload and enhancing flight safety.
It also marks the first delivery in the region of the ACH125 upgrade that increases engine minimum guaranteed thermal power by about 10%, thanks to the release of the full available power of the Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2D engine (710 kW / 952 shp).
“We are extremely proud of delivering this high end ACH125 which is well equipped to serve the private and business aviation (PBA) market, but also provides safety by design” says Gilbert do Nascimento, AZA Managing Director. “This ACH125 encapsulates all of the leading proven technologies for optimised passenger comfort and safety with certified solutions, including the now standard fitment of a crash resistant fuel system”.
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. It has maintained a presence in South Africa since 1994. Airbus Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, is headquartered at Grand Central Airport in Midrand, South Africa.
The Grand Central base is home to the company’s regional Helicopters and Defence & Space businesses. AZA is a 100% owned subsidiary of Airbus Helicopters and provides efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to regional customers who operate a fleet of in-service helicopters to serve, protect, save lives and safely transport passengers in a highly demanding environment.
AZA continue to offer this unique capability, under the applicable CAA and AH Quality and Safety standards, out of its facility in Grand Central Airport to support Completions, New Deliveries, Aircraft and Component MRO, Training, and other Support & Services multi-services solutions.